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Meet our Mentors

Celia Hodent

Director of User Experience

Epic Games

Celia is director of User Experience at Epic Games and holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology. Initially specializing in the development of intelligence in children and adults, Celia stepped aside from academic research in 2005 to work with an educational toy manufacturer, VTech. Celia joined Ubisoft Paris in 2008 to help the editorial team translate neuroscience knowledge into game design features. She later worked for Ubisoft Montreal and LucasArts. She joined Epic Games in July 2013 to help guide the studio toward improved user experience practices and develop the studio’s UX strategy and process. Celia’s main focus is to use psychology and neuroscience knowledge concretely to solve design problems and make sure the player experience is always enjoyable and emotional. Celia is also the founder and curator of the Game UX Summit, which launched in Durham NC in May of 2016, hosted by Epic Games.